Rocky Quotes

35+ Rocky Quotes and Sayings To Motivate You Through Tough Times

Rocky was an American boxer and world heavyweight champion who is the only fighter who finished his career undefeated. As a boxing legend, he has had a movie series based on his life and his successful career, providing not only entertainment, but also motivation, wisdom, and inspiration

Rocky was born as Rocco Francis Marchegianon in Massachusetts. He started working out at a young age, as well as playing baseball and football. He dropped out of school in the 19th grade and in 1943, he was drafted into the Army and sent to Wales for three years. When he completed his service in Fort Lewis, Washington, he also competed in amateur fights, winning the 1946 Amateur Armed Forces Boxing Tournament. In 1947, he started fighting and training as a professional competitor.

Sometime in 1948, he won a fight against Harry Bilizarian and then went on to win 16 consecutive fights all before the 5th round and 9 consecutive fights all before the 1st round. In 1952, he fought and won against Joe Walcott for the world heavyweight championship. During his entire competitive career as a heavyweight champion, he was a winner of 49 consecutive fights. 

Unfortunately, in 1969, he died tragically in a plane crash, leaving his wife Barbara Cousin and their children in his legacy. He is honored through the Rocky film series: Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V, Rocky Balboa, Creed, and Creed II. The Rocky series is classic, showing the life and success of the man himself and how he came to be the fighter he was. In every film, there are motivating quotes that serve as an inspiration to any person working hard for what they want. You can almost always find a motivational quote from the Rocky movie(s) hanging up as a poster in a boxing gym, serving as a reminder for anyone striving to win at a sport or who’s training for a fight. Fans will even visit the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, often referred to as the “Rocky Steps”, where he (Sylvester Stallone) ran up in the first Rocky movie. He will be long-remembered and praised as a record-holding, strong, hardworking, committed boxing champion.

Rocky Quotes

Rocky Quotes On Fighting

“No, maybe I can’t win, maybe the only thing I can do is just take everything he’s got. But to beat me, he’s gonna have to kill me, and to kill me, he’s gonna have to have the heart to stand in front of me, and to do that, he’s gotta be willing to die himself and I don’t know if he’s ready to do that. I don’t know, I don’t know.”

“Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.”

“It ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

“I can’t beat him… I been out there walkin’ around, thinkin’. I mean, who am I kiddin’? I ain’t even in the guy’s league.”

“It really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.”

“There’s a beast inside me.”

“Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.”

“C’mon, champ, hit me in the face! My mom hits harder than you!”

“Nothing’s over ’til it’s over.”

“You gotta be a moron… you gotta be a moron to wanna be a fighter.”

Rocky Quotes About Strength, Courage, and Determination 

“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in your life.” 

“Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!” 

“It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!”

“Remember, the mind is your best muscle. Big arms can move rocks, but big words can move mountains.” 

“Every once in a while a person comes along who defies the odds, who defies logic, and fulfills an incredible dream.”

“Bring back everything that’s ever hurt you, all the pain you had inside. They don’t know what we’ve been through. You belong here!” 

“If I can change and you can change, everybody can change.”

“I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.”

Rocky Quotes About Life and Hardships

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.”

“The toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face is in the mirror.”

“You’re gonna have to go through hell, worse than any nightmare you’ve ever dreamed. But when it’s over, I know you’ll be the one standing. You know what you have to do. Do it.”

“Because if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you?”

“When things got hard you started looking for something to blame, like a shadow.”

“You can’t learn when you’re talking. That’s a fact of life. As long as you’re talking, you’re not listening.” 

“Nobody owes nobody nothing.”

“I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going, and going, and going!”

“Yeah yeah, the Bill of Rights. Don’t it say something about going after what makes you happy?”

“You know, I think you try harder when you’re scared.”

“Time takes everybody out. Time is undefeated.”

“I don’t know if you’re special. Only you are going to know that.”

“I stopped thinking the way other people think a long time ago. You gotta think like you think.”

“All I wanna do is go the distance.”

“Ya know, they always say if you live in one place long enough, you are that place.”

“I’d hold you up to say to your mother, ‘this kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.’ And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilege. Then the time came for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good.”

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